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  1. 1. Literate Environment Analysis By: Elizabeth Howell Walden University EDUC 6706: The Beginning Reader Instructor: Dr. Cindee Easton
  2. 2. As educators, we are to serve students with their interests, and do what is best for them (Laureate, Education Inc., 2010a). Often times, I think programs and curriculums can cloud our best judgment. Although we should follow curriculum, our first priority should be fidelity to children (Laureate, Education Inc., 2010a). Getting to Know Literacy Learners
  3. 3. In addition to getting to know our students through their interests and motivations, we must get to know our students through cognitive and noncognitive assessments. I used the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System for my cognitive assessment. I used the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey for my noncognitive assessment. Getting to Know Literacy Learners Cont.
  4. 4. Through this course, I learned how to carefully select a text for a student. Dr. Hartman introduced me to the literacy matrix. The literacy matrix is a tool that helps educators to analyze specific text. Furthermore, texts have different characteristics that can make them easier or harder (Tompkins, 2010). Some of these characteristics are: Size of print Number of sentences Length of text Selecting Texts
  5. 5. The texts that I selected for my emergent, beginning, and transitional readers are as follows: The Tiny Seed (Carle, 1991) From Seed to Plant (Gibbons, 1993) Tops and Bottoms (Stevens, 1995) Selecting Texts cont.
  6. 6. The Interactive Perspective focuses on teaching students to be strategic readers (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010b). Some activities that use the interactive perspective are as follows: Grand Conversations Read Alouds KWL Charts Literacy Lesson: Interactive Perspective
  7. 7. The critical perspective teaches students to examine the text. Teaching students to look at different perspectives, in turn, teaches them to look in different ways (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010b). Examples of strategies to enhance critical perspective include: Questioning the Author Bookmark Strategy Literacy Lesson: Critical and Response Perspectives
  8. 8. The response perspective helps students to respond and experience text (Laureate Education, Inc., 2010b) Examples of strategies for the response perspective include: Response Journals Sketch-t0-Sketch Literacy Lesson: Critical and Response Perspectives Cont.
  9. 9. What insights did you gain about literacy and literacy instruction from viewing this presentation? How might the information presented change your literacy practices and/or your literacy interactions with students? In what ways can I support you in the literacy development of your students or children? How might you support me in my work with students or your children? What questions do you have? Feedback from Colleagues and Family Members of Students
  10. 10. Carle, E. (1991). The Tiny Seed. Little Simon. New York, NY. Gibbons, G. (1993). From Seed to Plant. Holiday House. New York, NY. Laureate Education, Inc. (Producer). (2010a). Changes in literacy education [Video webcast]. Retrieved from the Beginning Reader, Pre K-3 https://class.waldenu edu/webapps/portal/frameset.jsp? tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2F References
  11. 11. Laureate Education, Inc., (Producer). (2010b). Perspectives on Literacy Learning [Video webcast]. Retrieved from the Beginning Reader, Pre K-3 p?tab_tab_group_id=_2_1&url=%2Fwebapps%2Fblackb oard%2Fexecute%2Flauncher%3Ftype%3DCourse%26id% 3D_3398195_1%26url%3D Stevens, J. (1995). Tops and Bottoms. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Boston, MA. Tompkins, G.E. (2010). Literacy for the 21st century: A balanced approach (5th ed.). Boston: Allyn & Bacon. References Cont.
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